Occupational Therapy Doctorate
First Committee Member
Second Committee Member
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Foster parents are an integral part of the child welfare system. They provide temporary care to children who otherwise cannot stay in their homes. They are required to be state or county licensed and each licensing agency has their own requirements including varying hours of training. The literature indicates foster parents do not receive enough training to feel prepared and confident to care for children with increased mental health, behavioral, school-related, cognitive, and peer relationship challenges that foster children often experience (AOTA, 2017; Lotty et al., 2020; Paul-Ward et al., 2014; Smith, 2022).The purpose of the present capstone project was to provide foster parents at a local specialized foster care agency with an educational toolkit in order to bridge the gap in knowledge foster parents perceive having. The educational toolkit encompassed topics related to occupational therapy’s scope of practice and provided parents with strategies to use at home that aimed to improve the foster child’s overall well-being.
Foster Care; Foster Parent Education; Occupational Therapy
Occupational Therapy | Social Work
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Hirte, Taylar, "Increasing Foster Parent Awareness of An Occupation-Based Approach to Child Well-Being" (2023). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 4700.
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